Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for 1,000 backers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

10

Getting To Know Ras Moshe

Dom Minasi By

Sign in to view read count
RM. That is for sure. It's like that for Jazz in general, but definitely hard for the so-called free Jazz musicians. Thankfully, I have been working more playing this music, and I occasionally do part time jobs.

AAJ. The nature of the music business has changed drastically in the last few years. Most gigs are door gigs.How do you feel about that?

RM. Door gigs are not the ideal. The turnouts are usually good these days, so that helps. Some of these situations are fairer than others. It all depends on the space. The gigs that have some funding are really great because then you can go to Trader Joe's and pay at least some of the high rent that is perceived as some kind of progress with some. Parallel to this answer I should add that it seems the "jam" situation that used to exist is less frequent. This was a very fruitful thing for the music. We are in our own cocoons now more than before. If you're working on music this is good, but the other kind of practice is the interaction with other musicians. This is why social relations between the musicians are so important and not to be divided. This division is a microcosm of the larger social example where people are polarized in order to give more play to business as usual. This anger at the business aspects of the music is the main factor in this division. It produces resentment and a desire to be too solitary and based on the recent passing of some great artists it is bad for one's health. Being unified can only be a good thing. It will make it possible for the actual original creators of the this music to be a part of a production involved if only in a spiritual way, and it might even play a part in improving in the non- musical lives of the musicians.

AAJ. Is there anyone you would like to play with?

RM. Cecil Taylor. Sunny Murray. Bobby Hutcherson and Connie Crothers.

AAJ. Talk about your latest recording on straw2gold pictures.

RM. It's called Outsight. I feel is a very good document of some of the musical situations I've been playing in. Robert O'Haire organized it as part of the straw2gold series. Everybody sounds so good on the three performances that make up the CD. That's why I agreed to put it out. I think that's probably the only reason! I think in artistic terms. I am authentically not part of the system. But making a living ain't a bad thing if it's ethical and not based on selling out.

AAJ. What are some of your future plans?

RM. I will be pursuing formal accreditation for working with young people in music this coming fall. Not to be part of academic business as usual. I am proud of my musical choices and want to pass this music on. Which is and should be one of the main functions of any art. Art and Jazz especially can only benefit society. The music has a very positive nature to it.

Photo Credit
Scott Friedlander

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Julian Priester: Reflections in Positivity Interview Julian Priester: Reflections in Positivity
by Paul Rauch
Published: December 8, 2017
Read Aaron Goldberg: Exploring the Now Interview Aaron Goldberg: Exploring the Now
by Luke Seabright
Published: November 24, 2017
Read Pat Metheny: Driving Forces Interview Pat Metheny: Driving Forces
by Ian Patterson
Published: November 10, 2017
Read Bill Anschell: Curiosity and Invention Interview Bill Anschell: Curiosity and Invention
by Paul Rauch
Published: November 9, 2017
Read Tomas Fujiwara: The More the Better Interview Tomas Fujiwara: The More the Better
by Troy Dostert
Published: November 6, 2017
Read "Joe La Barbera: Experiencing Bill Evans" Interview Joe La Barbera: Experiencing Bill Evans
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: May 17, 2017
Read "Julian Priester: Reflections in Positivity" Interview Julian Priester: Reflections in Positivity
by Paul Rauch
Published: December 8, 2017
Read "Johnaye Kendrick: In The Deepest Way Possible" Interview Johnaye Kendrick: In The Deepest Way Possible
by Paul Rauch
Published: March 8, 2017
Read "Miles Mosley Gets Down!" Interview Miles Mosley Gets Down!
by Andrea Murgia
Published: June 16, 2017

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!